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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 October 15, 2006

 

 

 POWER OUTAGE CAUSES TWO SEWAGE SPILLS

 

            The loss of electricity this morning caused two spills at City wastewater facilities.

An estimated 15,500 gallons of partially treated wastewater was discharged into Lake Wilson when the ultraviolet disinfecting unit at the Wahiawa Wastewater Treatment Plant lost power. The unit resumed function when emergency generators kicked in.

An estimated 1,200 gallons of partially treated wastewater spilled within the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant when a clarifier at the plant overflowed, before emergency generators began functioning. The spilled wastewater was confined within the plant property.

Warning signs have been posted at Lake Wilson, and the state Department of Health has been notified. The public is advised to avoid the affected areas.

 

 

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CONTACT:

 

Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767

Bill Brennan, 527-6928

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

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